Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New clubhouse a big hit with Thompson golfers

32nd annual charity golf in Sun Valley

Cool dudes and hot running backs, Oklahoma’s Joe Washington (left) and Cornell’s Ed Marinaro disarm potential tacklers at last weekend’s Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament at Sun Valley. "Little Joe" Washington, 54, (4,071 rushing yards college, 4,839 yards pro) played on two Oklahoma national title teams in 1974 and 1975 and also played in two Super Bowls for the Washington Redskins. Marinaro, 58, was the first running back in NCAA history to go over 4,000 yards. He played pro football from 1972-77 and embarked on an acting career. Photo by David N. Seelig

On the veranda of the brand-new Sun Valley Club golf clubhouse, ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman; comic actor Arte Johnson presided over Saturday night's awards dinner of the 32nd annual Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament.

The clubhouse was a big hit for the 216 Thompson Memorial golf participants, who visited Sun Valley for a good cause.

The Danny Thompson Memorial golf tournament, played exclusively at Sun Valley since originating in 1977, was shooting to go over the $10 million mark last week in money raised for leukemia and cancer research at Sun Valley.

In 31 years, the Thompson Memorial has raised $9,417,500 for cancer research, split between University of Minnesota Leukemia Research Foundation ($4.794 million) and Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) of Boise ($4.623 million).

This year's winning foursome out of 54 in the two-day, 36-hole tournament played Friday and Saturday on the Sun Valley and Elkhorn courses featured John Grizzaffi, Ben Hay, Jim McGeachin and Tony Watkins 123-119 for 242.

2nd place—Dan Burton, Clint Ensign, Bruce Beam and Dale Ensign 128-115 for 243.

3rd place—Mike Erlandson, Jeff Osban, Arte Johnson and Barry Peterson 132-113 for 245.

4th place—Christopher Badgley, Merrill Jacobs, Brett Nilsson and Bob Rusbuldt 121-124 for 245.

5th place—George Golleher, Robert Miller, Paul Krause and Joe Porto 121-125 for 246.

6th place—Brooks Robinson, Scott Yohe, John Blount and Jim McCrery 124-125 for 249.

Closest to the pin at Sun Valley—Gay Simplot, Brett Nilsson (hole in one), Marty Pendaruis and Todd Emerson. Longest drive at Sun Valley—Dayna Baird, Michael Huffer, Judy Kirk and Ben Hay.

Closest to the pin at Elkhorn—Gail Nelles, Chris Roth, Dayna Baird and Gary Lytle. Longest drive at Elkhorn—Gail Nelles, Ben Hay, Dayna Baird and Eddie Robinson.

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